Location and getting here

Location and getting here2018-04-26T07:04:19+00:00

Location and Getting here

Daku Resort, Savusavu, Fiji

Daku Resort is on Fiji’s northern island of Vanua Levu, just outside the small town of Savusavu.

Fiji has about 300 islands. The two big ones are Viti Levu where you’ll arrive when you fly into Nadi airport, and Vanua Levu – that’s us. But whilst Viti Levu has most of the population and gets most of the tourism, we’re still a sleepy backwater with a small population and a fraction of the tourist numbers.

You get to us by plane from Nadi – a short 55 minute flight over mountains, reefs and sea. From landing  at the Savusavu airstrip and collecting your baggage from the trolley, we’re 10 minutes drive away.

Our accommodation is in beautiful tropical gardens overlooking  Savusavu Bay, which is straight over the road in front of us. Behind us, the property stretches up the mountain – you’re welcome to walk there.

Turn right out of our drive and Savusavu, our local town, is 1.5 km down the road – about a 25 minute walk or a 5 minute (and F$4) cab ride.

Turn left and the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, famous for its diving, is 5 km up the road. Drive out past Savusavu airstrip and you’ll come to Tony Robbins resort, Namale, where his world renowned Life Mastery courses take place. So we’re in good company!

And we’re surrounded by a wealth of beauty: lush green forests, coral reefs, warm seas – plus the endless warmth of Fijian hospitality.

Getting here

This section has some fairly detailed information on travel – if it’s all too much for you, please contact us and we’ll be happy to advise.

Daku Resort is on Fiji’s second island of Vanua Levu.  It is a mile out of Savusavu, a 25-minute walk or a 4-minute taxi ride.

To get to Daku Resort, you fly into Nadi, Fiji’s international airport on the main island of Viti Levu, and then take a domestic flight to either Savusavu or Labasa airport.

Domestic flights

You can fly from Nadi to either:

Savusavu   – the flight takes 55 minutes and affords some spectacular views. We have a courtesy pickup from Savusavu airport and Daku Resort is a 10-minute drive over the hill.

Labasa – this is a 45-minute flight.  Labasa airport is situated on the north side of Vanua Levu and is a very scenic 80-minute drive to Daku Resort.  This is a larger airport so there is usually more availability with flights, and prices are often less than those to Savusavu.  A taxi to the resort costs FJ$100 (approx AU$60).  Guests who have used Labasa airport say it is a good opportunity to see more of the island than they otherwise would.

There are two main domestic carriers : Fiji Link  www.fijiairways.com – a subsidiary of Fiji Airways; and the newly introduced flights from Northern Air www.northernair.com.fj.

Northern Air will be operating Monday , Wednesday and Fridays to Savusavu as follows:-

Depart Savusavu  11.20am   Arrive Nadi  12.00pm.

Depart Nadi          2.50pm  Arrive Savusavu  3.30pm

Overnight stays in Nadi

Where flight times make it necessary to spend a night in Nadi, we can reserve a room for you at Fiji Gateway hotel.  We get a preferential rate and the cost is FJ$167 (approx AUS$110, single / double), which you pay directly to the hotel when you are there. It is a comfortable, pleasant mid-range hotel directly beside the airport, with a courtesy bus service running regularly back and forth.

International flights

If you choose to fly Fiji Airways on the international leg, you are best off booking all the way through, eg. Sydney – Savusavu (or Labasa).  This gives you the full luggage allowance of 23kg on both the international and domestic flights, whereas it is normally 15kg on the domestic flights.  However the charges for overweight luggage are only F$5/kg so the extra cost for 8kg is F$40 (approx A$24), which is not very expensive.

It is possible to book one airline out and a different one for the return if that suits you better for time and / or price.

International travel from Australia

Fiji Airways (formerly Air Pacific), Qantas (who code share with Fiji Airways), Virgin Australia and Jetstar all fly to Nadi.

We have shown details of flights from Sydney and can advise on flights from other cities if requested.


Fiji Airways has two flights from Sydney. One leaves at 6.30am to Nadi and then has a connection with the afternoon flight to Savusavu.  Alternatively, if this is too early, there is a second flight which leaves Sydney around lunchtime; you will then need to spend a night in Nadi and you can take a flight on to Savusavu or Labasa the next day.

Qantas have the same itinerary as Air Pacific as far as Nadi as a code-share flight with Air Pacific (ie they share the same plane) so flight times are the same as above. If you book with Qantas you will need to book the domestic flight to Savusavu separately.

Virgin Australia leaves Sydney approx. 8.10am (depending on time of year) and arrives in Nadi at 2.10 pm in the summer, 3.10pm in the winter. You will then need to spend a night in Nadi and fly on to Savusavu or Labasa the next day.


Fiji Airways: On the return there is both a morning flight at approx 9.00am and an afternoon / evening flight (times vary according to day). If you book the afternoon / evening flight, you can fly out of Savusavu or Labasa the same morning to make the connection and do the journey in a single day. If you book the morning flight, you will need to spend another night in Nadi after the course ends.

You may also choose to book your return with Virgin or Jetstar as they leave in the afternoon and you can therefore make the connection in a single day.

International travel from the US

If you are coming from the US you will be flying out of LAX. Air Pacific flies from LAX regularly 4 times a week departing at 2230 /2330 (times change according to time of year: please double check schedules before your flight as Fiji airways will not warn you of schedule changes due to daylight saving). It is a 10 hr. 25 min. flight.

It crosses the International Date Line so you arrive at 5.10am two days later, ie. if you depart LA on a Tuesday night you will arrive in Nadi on Thursday morning. On the return you leave Nadi at 2230 and arrive back in LA at approx 1320 on the same day, so you get your ‘lost’ day back.

International travel from other cities

If you are coming from another part of the world and are arranging your own flights to Fiji, we are happy to advise on the best flight options.


Flight times and prices can be checked on the individual carrier’s website:

Fiji Airways (formerly Air Pacific) – www.fijiairways.com

Qantas – www.qantas.com.au

Virgin – www.virginaustralia.com

Jetstar – www.jetstar.com

You can book your flights online (this is usually the cheapest option). If you are booking flights online, we recommend you book them directly on the airlines website (shown above).  If you need to change your flight for any reason you can then do it directly with the airline and avoid extra fees and complications.

Alternatively you can book through a travel agent.  We are affiliated with a travel agent in Sydney called Flightbiz who can quote and book your flights for you when the time comes if you wish:  they are a premium service and may be more expensive.  Flightbiz can be contacted via email: mail@flightbiz.com or call (02) 9953 8000.

Travel documents

Fiji welcomes visitors and to facilitate easy entry, everything has been done to make the process as pleasant as possible. A valid passport for at least six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay ie from the date of departure from Fiji – and a ticket for return or onward travel to another country, which he/she is authorized to enter, is required.

Entry visas are granted on arrival for a stay of 4 months or less for nationals of 128 countries: check the Fiji Tourism website for more information.

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